We thought it might never happen, but the cold is here, which means if you’ve been putting off winterizing your home because of the warmer weather we’ve been experiencing, it’s time to stop procrastinating. Not only will these tips help keep the cold at bay and your home nice and toasty, but they can help reduce your utility bill as well.
• First thing’s first, make a checklist by taking a survey around the house of problem spots.
• Flush your water heater. Sediment can build up in the bottom of your water heater over time which can affect its performance. You can flush water through the drain valve to clear out material. For a step-by-step video click here.
• Change the rotation of your ceiling fans. Remember that reverse switch? It’s time to use it. Make sure they are moving in a clockwise direction in order to direct hot air from the ceiling to the floor.
• Remember to replace filters for your central air and heating system. This a small thing that can save you lots of aggravation.
• Here’s a trick for insulating your windows you may not have been aware of…window insulation film. This inexpensive film comes with a kit and can keep a significant amount of heat from leaking out of your windows.
• Under the door draft guards can work well to keep drafts from exterior doors at bay. They aren’t always ideal if you have a lip to get over when the door is closed, or they can be tough when there is carpet to deal with. In those cases, a towel blocking the bottom of doors with less traffic or overnight can help as well.
• Weather-stripping is one of the easiest ways to seal doors and windows. It comes in different thicknesses and in convenient rolls as tape.
• If you don’t already have one, invest in a programmable thermostat. If you do already have one, use it! Programming cooler settings while you are away at work or on a trip can save you money, and you can still ensure you walk into a warm house by the time you get home. Because, really, who doesn’t love the feeling of walking into the warmth from the freezing cold?
• Chimneys, which aren’t used much if at all around Central and South Texas can be a major source of chill and wasted heat. You can plug it up with a chimney balloon which will keep drafts from sneaking in. Make sure you’re not going to be using it first. Chimney balloons should only go in inactive chimneys.
• Cover pipes if a freeze warning occurs. Pipe covers can be found at many stores and can be a lifesaver when it comes to saving money and aggravation over the winter.
With these handy tips, we hope you have a warm and cozy home all winter long. Winterizing is less extensive around these parts than in other areas, but it still pays to take the time to care for your home! If you’re a property owner looking for a great property management company, contact TALK Property Management today!